The story of Mae
A month ago, I watched a video clip of enslaved elephants. After shedding some tears, I bought a plane ticket to Southeast Asia with the goal of saving an enslaved elephant. And I promise you, I literally knew nothing about elephants beyond the obvious... they are adorable. So, I flew to Southeast Asia with no contacts and no plan, but despite some crazy ups and downs, I found her.
Meet Mae Kham. She is 35 years old. She was born into a logging camp and spent the first 25 years of her life enslaved within that camp. A logging camp is where elephants are required to pull big trees through the forest. From the logging camp, she was sold into a tourist riding camp, and for the next 12 years, she gave as many as 20 rides a day to as many as ten people on her back at one time. Three months ago, she was let go from the riding camp and moved into the jungle. I found her malnourished and dehydrated and chained to a tree with her feet bound. And now the good news. We have a 500 acre elephant preservation that will take her in where she will have 7 other elephants to play and interact with. Make no mistake, seeing her was love at first sight, and I'm not leaving until I break off her chains. Planting Peace needs $28,000 to buy her freedom. Any donation, no matter the amount, will be a blessing. Mae needs a break in life. Let us right this wrong and let her live out her years in peace. Did I mention that I love her?
- Aaron Jackson